I‘ve been on the hunt for a couple of years now. I’ve been on the hunt to find a workable, fits-into-my-lifestyle solution to capture journaling.
I tried Evernote, but I didn’t like going into another app. I tried a small notebook, but I kept misplacing it. I tried to journal in the metadata of my photos, but I’m not usually processing photos when that memory is fresh. I tried a document, but I wasn’t always using a machine that could access it. I tried Twitter and Facebook, but always forgot to transfer those updates to a more secure place. I tried and tried.
And then today, I was thinking about the album I’m beginning for my daughter. It’s called “Dear Emily”. Many of her photos and stories will be in our regular family albums, but this will be one just for the little stories of her life, of her growing up with us.
One of the ideas I had considered, in my trials above, was the Dear.Sophie.Lee approach. But that would be yet another account to log into if I wanted to access those words for a scrapbook page.
And today it hit me.
I can send emails to myself with a subject line that could be a page title and a body that reads as a letter to Emily (my page journaling). Then I could use a Gmail filter to scan for “Dear Emily” so that each email would land in a special “folder” (labels in Gmail) for safe-keeping.
With this, I will have a repository for all the stories I want to tell about her, but I can scrap them on my own time. I will be able to document something she said or did anywhere I am – because anywhere I go (for better or worse), I’m never more than an arm’s reach from my email!
How to Use Gmail for Scrapbook Journaling
The following video explains exactly how to set up a filter in Gmail. You can tailor this approach to your own needs, including setting up nested labels for your various albums and projects.
How do you capture your journaling on-the-go?